Goodbyes

I have never liked saying goodbye. It is one of the hardest things to do. Before we left the US to come to Korea, I thought my heart would break into as we told my parents goodbye at the airport. Yet, since being in Korea, saying goodbye has become a common thing. People come and people go in this vibrant city of Busan. Each semester as we have opened our home for college Bible study, we have seen many different faces. In the four semesters we have been here, many have graduated and left to go home, others who have come as exchange students have returned to their country. I must say, it doesn’t get any easier to say goodbye, but I have come to a great conclusion.

Though we may say goodbye, one day we will all see each other again if not on this earth, in the one that is to come. What a joyful day it will be when we are all gathered around the throne of God, worshiping at His feet.

In the book of Acts we read about how the church was scattered and how the people were dispersed throughout the world. Yet, because of this, God did amazing things. The Gospel spread throughout. Would it have been easier had they all stayed together in their comfortable spot. Sure! Yet, what great things would they have missed out on had this occurred.

It would be nice to keep all my friends here and continue to meet and fellowship with them week after week. Yet, I know the Lord has better things in store. He has allowed us the chance to invest  in each others lives and now they go forth to invest in the lives of others. There’s a ripple effect.

How thankful I am for the many people the Lord has allowed us to know and share with in Korea and how excited I am to see how He will now use these for His glory and honor.

Goodbye is never easy, yet as with all things, God can and will use it for His good!

enjoying every moment

This morning as we were seeking to get everyone ready for church, Lauren was telling her dad about the funny balloon man we saw Saturday and the awesome flower he made for her. The problem being this beautiful balloon lasted only a few hours before pop went the balloon. After completing her story she turned to me and asked “When will it be yesterday again?” Now at first this question struck me as funny, and I told her it will never be yesterday again silly, it is over. Later as I thought about this, I was struck by the truth this simple question brought about.

Yesterday is gone, we can never get it back. As I thought about this and about how many yesterday’s I have wasted I was convicted. For me it is so easy to get focused on tomorrow and planning for the future, that if I’m not careful I miss out on living today. The Bible says, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it (Ps. 118:24).” It says nothing about yesterday or tomorrow, but the focus is on today.

God has given us all a certain number of days upon this earth, which in view of eternity is just a speck. It is His desire that we use each day for His glory and that we make the most of each day living it for Him. The older I get the more I realize how fast time passes by. As a child, weeks seemed like months, months like years. Now, as I watch my own children grow and change right before my eyes, I realize how fast time actually passes us by. I realize if I’m not careful I’m going to blink and they will be all grown up. It happens that fast.

I don’t know about you, but I want to enjoy every moment of every day, making the most of every opportunity to be an example of Christ to my family and friends, to tell others about Jesus, to encourage and disciple other believers. I also want to enjoy every moment having fun and being silly with my children, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Yesterday is gone, today is now! Let’s enjoy every moment the Lord has for us, let’s make the most of every situation, so that we don’t regret our yesterday’s but enjoy all the memories made.

By Grace…………

I recently finished reading a book entitled, “In the Presence of My Enemies.” This was the true story of a missionary couple who were held hostage by the Muslim extremist group, Abu Sayyaf. They were held for thirteen months in the Jungles of the Philippines. As I read this book, time and time again I would have to stop and take it all in. Trying to imagine what they must have gone through. At many times I thought I could never make it through something like that. Yet, Gracia Burnham I”m sure thought the same thing and were we to ask her how she made it through, I am almost positive her response would by, “by grace.”

Many times along my Christian journey, I have looked at people and their circumstances and wondered how they could make it through and continue to praise and serve the Lord, and time and time again I am reminded that it is by grace! In 2 Corinthians Paul says it like this. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-12

The Lord’s grace is truly amazing. By it we are saved, by it we endure, by it we are being made to be more like Christ. God’s grace is enough for whatever comes our way. Yet, just as today only has so many hours, the day holds just enough grace. What I mean is God doesn’t give you the grace for next months problems today. You don’t need it now, you will need it then.  Which is why we are told again and again, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”If I sit around and think about all the things that could go wrong, I am filled with worry and anxiety. Yet if I remember  that God’s grace is sufficient for whatever happens, then I am filled to overflowing with peace, knowing that God is sovereign and in control.

God doesn’t call everyone to be missionaries, pastors etc. However, He does call us all to follow after Him. Whatever the Lord calls us to, His grace is sufficient. Whatever He ask of us, He will provide the grace to see us through.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

One Pure and Holy Passion

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me one magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You


Wise or Foolish?!

The Bible speaks a lot about what it means to be wise and what it means to be foolish. In the book of Proverbs, we find the most references to this subject. As I have been reading through this book in my quiet time, I began to make a list of what it means to be wise vs what it means to be foolish. I was telling my husband about my inquiry the other day and he asked me, so which one are you? To which I replied with all honesty it depends on the day!

The Bible describes the foolish person as one who speaks without thinking (Pr. 29:20), who makes his own decisions (Pr. 12:15), who tear others down and is reckless with is words (Pr. 14:1, 14:16), The foolish one despises instruction and discipline (Pr. 1:7, 15:5), and ignores God‘s Word (Ma. 7:26).  The foolish person lacks self-control and is reckless (Pr. 14:16), and repeats the same mistakes again and again (Pr. 26:11).

On the flip side, a wise person is described as one who is always learning and listening to others (Pr.1:5, 8:33, 10:14, Ma. 7:24). The wise man fears God and knows that true wisdom comes from the Lord (Pr. 9:10, 2:6), The wise person knows when to hold his tongue and uses his lips to spread knowledge and to bring healing (Pr. 12:15, 12:18, 15:7). A wise person overlooks wrongs committed against him (Pr. 12:16, 19:11), and keeps himself under control (Pr. 29:11). The wise person trust in the Lord and listens to God’s Word seeking to obey (Pr. 28:25, Ma. 7:24).

As I read through my list I was both amazed and convicted over the number of times according to God’s Word, the word foolish would describe me. If we are all honest, we all make the mistake at times of speaking without thinking, making quick decisions without prayer, trusting in ourselves instead of the Lord, and lacking self-control. When we do such things we are acting as fools. Ouch!!!

Yet the same is true of wisdom. When we fear the Lord and seek Him we are wise. When we use our words and mouths to build up and encourage, we are wise. When we grow in our learning of God’s Word, we are wise. When we forgive and don’t hold a grudge, we are wise. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are wise.

True wisdom comes from the Lord. True Wisdom thus is found in the study of God’s Word. To be wise, we must be seeking the Lord, we must be in God’s Word, we must be filled with the Spirit. If we are doing these things, we are wise, maybe not in the eyes of the world but in the eyes of God. However, if we are not doing these things, then we are making ourselves out to be fools. We are acting as the world. It’s a pretty sobering thought.

So which word best describes you? Does it depend upon your day, your mood, whats happening in your life at the time. Or are you like the wise man Jesus spoke of in the Gospel of Mathew? Are you building your house on the Rock, so that despite the rains, despite the storms your house stands firm. This person is the wisest of all, for their entire foundation in life is founded on the Lord.

Let’s be wise today in how we use our words, our time, our money. In every aspect of our lives, may we be wise by seeking the Lord, fearing Him and growing in our knowledge of Him.